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California blue whales rebound from whaling

In a conservation success story, the number of California blue whales has rebounded to near historical levels after being hunted to near …

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Genes reveal answers to monarch butterfly migration mystery

A variation in a single gene may explain why some monarch butterfly populations developed a marathoner's efficient physique, while some muscled up and settled down, according to a new study.<p>A genome analysis of 101 monarchs from around the globe also suggests that the granddaddy of <i>Danaus plexxipus</i> …

The Big Problem With Mini-Pigs

When pint-size pigs grow bigger than promised, they wind up euthanized or in overburdened shelters. Can education, regulation, and more sanctuaries solve the problem?<p>In 2012, as a favor to a friend, Canadians Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter adopted a three-pound (1.4-kilogram) "mini-pig" named …

Cheetahs Lie Around Like Housecats, Saving Energy for Big Kills

Cheetahs and mountain lions hunt with utmost efficiency, studies find.<p>Like your pet kitty relaxing at home, cheetahs and mountain lions exert as little energy as possible and rest up for bursts of activity, two new studies reveal Thursday.<p>Perhaps more surprising, though, cheetahs spend only about …

"Indomitable" Jaguars May Have Lessons in Survival for Us

Jaguar corridors in Central and South America are helping "the sumo wrestler of the animal kingdom" survive.<p>Alan Rabinowitz, author of <i>Jaguar: An Indomitable Beast</i>, has devoted his life to studying and protecting jaguars. He established the world's first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin …

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Florida Scientists Ask to Tutor Gov. Rick Scott on Climate Change Risks

Environment<p>Florida Scientists Ask to Tutor Gov. Rick Scott on Climate Change Risks<p>July 16 2014 08:00 PM EDT<p>weather.com<p>Ten Florida scientists have …

Why animals can’t resist touchscreen technology

Whether it’s apes, bears or penguins, animals can’t enough of touchscreens, says Jason G Goldman, and it’s revealing intriguing things about their behaviour.<p>Esme, Molly, Quinn, and Emily live together in Austria. Their favourite foods are mushrooms, sweetcorn, and strawberries, and their hobbies …

Bigger than T. rex, this dinosaur hunted in water

Spinosaurus was the largest known predatory dinosaur to roam the Earth. Scientists now say that it was also the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur.<p>The …

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Major Hurricane Odile slams Baja Peninsula in Mexico

Major Hurricane Odile struck the Baja Peninsula and left extensive damage and flooding across the area. Photos of the damage and firsthand reports, …

Chimpanzee wars not due to human influence, says study

Lethal aggression is something that chimpanzees naturally do, the study says, regardless of whether human impacts are high or low<p>In the latest …

Chimpanzees

Ice crystals don’t melt inside these fish

Antifreeze blood helps fish called notothenioids survive in icy Antarctic waters. The down side is that the ice crystals in their blood don’t melt as …

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2014 State of the Birds report: Mixed marks for U.S. birds

While some wetland birds in the U.S. appear to be doing well because of conservation programs, other birds are experiencing steep declines in …

Elephants Communicate While at Play

Designing Technology For Our Animal Friends

A new conference will gather research into animal-human-computer interaction.<p>Human-computer interaction is a fast-growing field of study that examines questions like how people feel about robots, or what people choose to click first when they visit a webpage. With some clever setups, researchers …

Dolphins are attracted to magnets

Dolphins are indeed sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects. So says Dorothee Kremers and her …

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

GENEVA (Reuters) - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.<p>Black female rhinoceros are seen grazing at the Nairobi National Park in Kenya's …

Climate Change May Be To Blame For California Drought

Scientists say the dry spell that's costing the Golden State billions could be man-made.<p>There is something coming between Californians and their water, and according to a brand new report from the American Meteorological Society, man-made greenhouse gas emissions are likely at fault.<p>Much of the …

Raising Cute Baby Lemurs to Save a Species

<b>CHRIS SMITH, EDUCATION SPECIALIST, DUKE LEMUR CENTER:</b><p>Lemurs are magnetic. Lemurs look at us with the same sort of brain, intelligence and evolutionary history that we have. So when you meet a lemur, you're meeting a relative, and when you look into a lemurs eyes, you can tell that they're looking …

Bird Droppings Led to U.S. Possession of Newly Protected Pacific Islands

A 19th-century quest for natural fertilizer, bird guano, led to the world's largest marine reserve.<p>Blame it on "guano mania." A craze for natural fertilizer made from bird droppings spurred the U.S. to take possession of a group of remote Pacific islands in the 19th century, and now those islands …

Tiny Sea Monkeys Create Giant Ocean Currents

Every evening, sunset signals the start of dinner for billions of wiggling sea monkeys living in the ocean. As these sea monkeys — which are not …

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Wild chimps learning to use tools from each other may hint at humanity's past

We finally caught wild chimpanzees teaching each other new ways to drink water<p>Under a tree in Uganda’s Budongo forest in 2013, Catherine Hobaiter first mentioned the strange chimp behaviors she'd seen two years before. Hobaiter, a chimpanzee researcher at the University of St. Andrews in the UK, …